Pennsylvania sues Trump administration over new birth control rules


Right now, under the Affordable Care Act, birth control is considered preventative care, and insurers had to provide full coverage of contraceptives to women, no matter the cost.

Depending on which group is issuing the indignant statement, the new Trump administration rule changing the scope of Obama- care's free birth control mandate is either an attack on women's health, an attempt by the government to "control" women's bodies or a threat to women's very lives.

Previously, AGs in California and MA also sued to nullify the rules. The organization is planning to sue the Trump administration, following the lead of the ACLU.

The Catholic Action League of MA praised Trump for "keeping his campaign promise to defend religious freedom."
"No one has a moral or a constitutional right to demand that someone else pay for their contraceptives, abortifacients or sterilizations", said C.J. Doyle, the group's spokesman. "To take birth control coverage away from them puts them in a awful position of having to find it and afford it on their own, or to let that health condition get worse".

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said the rules violate the Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Many women also take a birth control pill for both contraceptive and noncontraceptive reasons.

Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute, also welcomed the Trump administration's directive and argues there will be "no harm" from it because it only restricts who pays for contraception, not access to medical treatment. "The difference is they won't be forcing other people to pay for it".

The National Women's Law Center estimated that the contraception requirement saved women $1.4 billion on oral contraceptives costs in 2013.